Nikki Grahame’s family reportedly believe she was released from hospital too early during her anorexia battle and was not ready to receive treatment at home.
The late Big Brother star spent three weeks at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester before departing April 9.
Her body was discovered the next day at her home in London, while her loved ones now believed the 38-year-old had been fired prematurely.
Heartbreaking: Nikki Grahame’s family reportedly believe she was released from hospital too early amid her anorexia battle and was not ready to receive treatment at home
A source said The sun: ‘Those close to Nikki think she would be alive today if she weren’t fired so soon.
Her family feels that she was not physically strong enough to take care of herself. It has left them shocked and heartbroken. ‘
MailOnline has contacted Dorset County Hospital for comment.
Nikki has had anorexia for much of her life and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the age of 12.
Family: The late Big Brother star spent three weeks at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester before leaving April 9 (pictured with her mother Sue)
Earlier this week, Nikki’s friends reactivated her fundraiser to help her heartbroken family pay for her funeral and help others with eating disorders.
The fundraiser was initially set up by Nikki’s friends a month ago and raised £ 65,000 for the Big Brother star for specialized treatment for her eating disorder.
Her friends posted the following message on her page: “We just wanted to let you know that we are re-enabling donations for anyone willing to make a donation in memory of Nikki as many people have asked if they can still donate.
An amount is used for funeral expenses and the remaining money goes to an organization that helps people with eating disorders, the crucial funding that was missing to help people in these terrible situations has not been addressed, we will use this money to the best of our ability to try stop this horrifying, debilitating disease.
Theorem: The Big Brother icon died just a month after her friends started a GoFundMe page for anorexia treatment
“We would also like to thank people who have sent private messages with nice words about Nikki, she would be so grateful.”
The charity hasn’t been selected yet, but tributes and donations kept pouring in from heartbroken fans.
It comes after it was revealed that Nikki’s loved ones thought her health was improving leading up to her tragic death, leaving them in total shock.
Nikki also assured her friends that she was ‘all fine’ in a poignant latest Facebook post just before entering the hospital for her eating disorder.
Iconic: Nikki became a Big Brother icon when she appeared on the reality show in 2006
WHAT IS ANOREXIA?
Anorexia is a serious mental illness in which a person limits their food intake, often leaving them severely underweight.
Many also exercise excessively.
Some patients may experience periods of binge eating followed by purging.
Sufferers often have a distorted view of themselves and think they are bigger than they really are.
Left untreated, patients can lose muscle and bone strength, depression, low libido, and menstrual periods in women.
In severe cases, patients can experience heart problems and organ damage.
Behavioral symptoms of anorexia include people who say they’ve already eaten or will do it later, as well as counting calories, missing meals, hiding food, and eating slowly.
In addition to weight loss, patients may experience insomnia, constipation, bloating, feeling cold, hair loss and swelling of the hands, face and feet.
Treatment focuses on therapy and self-help groups to encourage healthy eating and coping mechanisms.
Source: Beat eating disorders
An insider explained that because of a lack of beds, Nikki was fired and was going to a specialist clinic, but tragically, it is never salvageable.
The source told MailOnline: ‘She was released from a general hospital where she had been for three weeks [but] no bed was available in an eating disorder ward, NHS or private …
‘They thought she was good enough after she arrived and was cheerful …
“ Her loved ones begged them not to because she wasn’t ready and was going to go to a private outpatient clinic from Monday, unfortunately she never arrived and died within 24 hours of leaving the hospital. ”
Nikki’s last Facebook post was on Feb. 27, when she uploaded a photo of a vase of roses and thanked the sender for the gift to her.
Asked by a friend in the comments, Nikki’s latest Facebook activity saw her answer: ‘All good darling.’
The star, who rose to fame on the 2006 series Big Brother, began to suffer from anorexia as a child.
After she was first admitted to an eating disorder ward at the age of eight, she was force fed through a tube and has caused long-term damage to her esophagus from years of purging.
A source went on to The Sun: “Given the seriousness of Nikki’s condition and the tension already placed on her body after battling anorexia for 30 years, there were serious reservations about scaling back her concern.
While there were concerns that Nikki still needed increased care, she seemed to be doing relatively well and her dismissal was a cause for cautious optimism in her inner circle.
Nikki had unfortunately had many relapses in her life, but this time she was more determined than ever to get better and the abundance of support supported her.
“Losing her fight when she seemed to be heading in the right direction made her passing all the more shocking and heartbreaking.”
‘It’s really hard’: her mother Sue recently claimed her daughter’s 30-year battle with anorexia was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic (pictured together)
A Big Brother icon: Nikki Grahame’s best bits in the hit reality show
Give her some BOTTLES of water!
Early on in her stay at the Big Brother house, Nikki suffered from migraines, and only bottled water could help make it go.
She said, “I need water, I don’t drink that tap, it’s absolutely disgusting, I don’t actually have the energy to talk to you, I feel so dehydrated.”
Despite being reassured that the water in the house had been filtered twice, Nikki still had none of it and burst into tears.
She said, ‘I don’t enjoy it, I don’t. I hate it, I f ***** g hate it! ‘
Memorable: Nikki was accompanied by roommate Dawn Blake to the diary room when she started in a meltdown over bottled water
The stolen bed
A tipsy Nikki also caused her to attract attention after repeating “ that’s my bed ” several times when she found another contestant in her bed.
Sitting in the infamous gold chair, she said to BB, ‘Someone stole Nikki’s bed, it’s my bed, I don’t like it and I just don’t like it’
During the rant, Nikki was dressed in suspenders after a challenge the housemates were given.
The star always seemed to be cold in the Big Brother house arguing with others about the temperature setting of the AC.
After wrapping up as best she could, Nikki asked BB, ‘How are we supposed to get out of bed in the morning with the f ***** g air con?
‘It’s a snowstorm, I’m going to catch a cold’
Made the show: The star often wrapped her arms around as she reclined in the gold chair in the diary room and made her epic rants
Nikki wasn’t impressed after roommate Richard Newman ate the cereal – telling her there was oatmeal porridge she could have instead.
She explained, “He had four bowls of cereal yesterday! Four! And they’re not just any ordinary bowls, they’re f ***** g mountains of cornflakes!
‘Like a mountain, and a whole bag of sugar. We will run out of sugar. ‘
Who is she?
Perhaps Nikki’s most iconic moment came after housemate Susie Verrico kicked her out for eviction and the star stormed into the diary room.
When she arrived in her bikini, Nikki was shocked by Susie’s decision despite ‘not even knowing her’, telling BB that she felt ‘very toxic and angry’.
Nikki’s next line cemented her in reality show history – and spawned many memes over the next few years – when she said, ‘Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her?
And Nikki ended the rant with, ‘I can feel the poison pouring out of me as I breathe. I hate her, I tell you now. I will find it very difficult to be pleasant about it. I don’t even want to look at it. ‘
Iconic: Perhaps Nikki’s most memorable moment came when she declared, ‘Who is she? Who is she? Who is she? Where did you find her? ‘